Why Andre Ellington was a huge pick-up for the Texans

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Running back Andre Ellington is an offensive weapon that the Houston Texans needed desperately.

The Houston Texans scored a minor off-the-field victory on Tuesday after acquiring running back Andre Ellington off of waivers after he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals.

Losing rookie running back D’Onta Foreman this past Sunday to a season-ending injury was a tough pill for the Texans to swallow.

Now I know Foreman wasn’t a starter and didn’t have a huge role, but he played a big part in keeping Lamar Miller fresh while also bringing a burst to the outside that Miller lacks.

Ellington is probably an upgrade over Foreman, given the fact that he’s a veteran and can catch the ball out of the backfield while also giving the Texans a change of pace back that they can pair with Miller.

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What’s really interesting is that Ellington’s receiving numbers this season are very similar to Miller’s, so there won’t any drop off when he comes in as a receiver.

Ellington has 297 yards receiving with an average of nine yards a catch this season. That’s compared to Miller’s 264 yards and 10.2 yard per catch average.

Miller and Ellington also have a similar yards per carry average. Ellington is at 3.5 yards per carry this season and Miller is at 3.7. Obviously over four yards a carry would be great, but Houston’s offensive line isn’t very good and neither was the Cardinals’ during Ellington’s time in the desert.

Comment below and tell us how you think Ellington will help the Texans going forward.